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Tailing the Komets

Ullyot Memorial

This was read today at the game:

Ladies and Gentlemen please remain standing...

The hockey world lost one of its most legendary figures this past Thursday. This man had a great influence on Hockey, and specifically Komet Hokcye. Perhaps more than we will ever know.

In 1958 Ken Ullyot came to Fort Wayne to be the coach and general manager of the Fort Wayne Komets. Ken's next three decades produced many of the best years of Komet Hockey. Ullyot became a stockholder in the Komets organization in the 1960s. His ownership lasted into the early 1980s. Ken Ullyot and his wife Violet were residents of Fort Wayne for 55  years. Ken now rests with Vi in our hearts and in our memories.

The number 58 representing Ken's first year in Fort Wayne already hangs in the rafters of Memorial Coliseum, honoring Ken Ullyot's dedication and contributions to Komet Hockey. The initials KDU will adorn all Komets jerseys for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

He's known throughout the entire hockey world. And now ladies and gentlemen we ask you to join us in the most SILENT moments of silence... for a man who kept hockey viable in Fort Wayne and throughout the International Hockey League for many years -- Mr. Ken Duncan Ullyot.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen.